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. it follows allegations from karzai's government that afghans working we let u.s. troops are responsible for the kidnapping, torture and killing of villagers in twest of kabul. in the wardak province. the ban raises new questions, though, about the u.s.-led mission in afghanistan where the on coalition has been relying heavily on special forces as american troops are withdrawing from the fight. >>> president obama has ordered of course 34,000 u.s. forces out of afghanistan by this time next year, the combat mission is scheduled to end by 2014. >>> as some americans leave the fight, the u.s. is increasingly dependent on unmanned aircraft to target terrorism. gibbs made it clear, keep mum on the program. >> when i went through the process of becoming press secretary, they told you're not to acknowledge the drone program, don't discuss that it exists. what's crazy about that proposition, you're being asked a question based on reporting on a program that exists. what the president has seen, our denial our existence of the program when it's obviously happening, under mimine people' confidence
from now, secretary of state john kerry is expected to announce a u.s. policy shift when it comes to aiding the rebels. kerry is in rome for an international conference aimed at dealing with the conflict. for the first time obama administration plans to offer nonlethal assistance in syria. the reports say that the aid package could include body armor, communication equipment, night vision gear and vehicles. the white house however is stopping short of providing weapons. senator marco rubio of florida, has a slightly different take on how the u.s. should help. >> there are plenty of weapons in syria. they're coming from other countries. . what the opposition really needs is access to ammunition. one thing that we can consider, is if we can identify responsible groups, and i think that's a step to prepare to advocate for. >> andrea mitchell will join us with more on "morning joe." >>> president obama plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow, the same day that the $85 billion sequester cuts are expected to start. still at odds on whether or not tax revenue will be part of an
to become at the next u.s. defense secretary. the question was expected to be tough but he appeared uncomfortable, even unprepared. the most heated exchange of the day came from a former close friend, senator john mccain who grilled hagel on opposing the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq. >> wiere you correct or incorret when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong. that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, i -- >> i would like the answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record show you refuse to answer that question. please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> actually, i would like an answer, yes or no? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to
? first, let's ge to the news in new york city. we begin with the white house position on the u.s. government's drone campaign. a justice department memo obtained by nbc news revealed new details in how the attacks are justified despite drawing criticism from civil liberties groups, top administrative officials insist it is consistent with the constitution. >> we conduct those strikes because they're necessary to mitigate on going actual threats to stop plots, prevent future attacks and, again, save american lives. these strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. >> one of the things i want to mi make sure everybody understands is our primary concern is to keep the american people safe. but to do so in a way that is consistent with our laws and consistent with our values. we say that we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible and when we are confident that we're doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international law. >> the subject almost certainly set the tone for tomorrow's senate confirmation hee
pressure for reform? that's straight ahead. we begin with new revelations involving u.s. drone strikes program and the obama administration's legal justification behind the use of such efforts against al qaeda suspects. a new 16-page memo copy of which was obtained by nbc news offers fresh insights into this controversial practice including the killing of american citizens overseas if they're believed to be senior operational leaders of al qaeda or an associated force. even if there's no intelligence indicating they're engaged in an active plot to attack the united states. >>> such a strike, of course, took place in yemen in september 2011 killing two operatives. both of them were american citizens who hadn't been indicted by the u.s. government or charged with any crimes. in the past, attorney general eric holder has spoken publicly about the administration's three main pcriteria for justifying a legal strike against a u.s. citizen overseas. they must pose an imminent threat of violent attack, capture is infeasible and the operation must be squint law of war principles. but this newly
to the deadly raid on the u.s. consulate. >> for you to testify that our posture would not allow a rapid response, our posture was not there because we didn't take into account the threats to that consulate. and that's why four americans died. >> we never received a request for support from the state department. which would have allowed us to put forces -- >> so it's the state department's fault? >> i'm not blaming the state department, i'm sure they had their own -- >> who would you blame? >> i stand by the report of the accountability review board. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta, and say, how's it going? >> you know, normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces, he knew we were deploying the forces, he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but i got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> no, but the -- >> wait a minute. >> it was over. the event was over before we could move any -- >> it lasted almost eight hours and my questio
future of the country. the results in the u.s., a 200 point drop in the dow, the biggest since november. let's look at the markets as we get up in your business. carolyn roth is live for us in london. why is the outlook so cloudy? why are the markets reacting so harshly? >> good morning, bill. none of the parties has a clear majority. they have come out and said look, we don't want to form a grand coalition. some market participants are saying we could be heading into a new round of elections. the markets will be in limbo for a couple weeks. as you pointed out, a big sell off in the u.s. was quite a volatile session. at one point, the dow jones was 100 points away from the all-time high. then the markets realized the election results would be inconclusive selling off 100 points in the last 50 minutes of trade. that was the biggest drop since november for the dow and s&p. we have the great volatility of the vix index. it shows how nervous the markets are. that index jumping by 34% in yesterday's trading session. this is the biggest jump since august, 2011. we are seeing stocks selling of
happen. defense secretary panetta meet the u.s. congress. good morning, everyone. i'm brian shactman. any saturday mail you might miss can easily be delivered by twitter. thanks for joining us on this thursday, february 7th. an unexpected move by the white house on those not so secret drone memos. this as the president's pick for the cia director heads to capitol hill to defend his record as mastermind of the drone program. plus, republicans pick their guy to respond to the president's state of the union address. we'll explain what it means for the party moving forward. >>> a little later, a big snowstorm expected to dump up to two feet of snow in parts of new england. we'll show you who will be the hardest hit straight ahead. first, let's get to the news live here at 5:30 a.m. eastern time at 30 rock in new york city. we begin with new developments involving the nation's highly secretive drone campaign. members of congress demanding more details into how the administration justifies the targeted killing of american citizens. the white house says president obama has directed the departmen
administration responds to calls to offer up more details about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> leon panetta minced few words but what is most likely the last press briefing on the job. with the threat of a march 1st sequester looming, he lashed out at congress. he thinks they could be crippling with price cuts. >> oftentimes i feel luke i don't have a full partnership with my former colleagues on the hill in trying to do what's right for this country. we need to find solutions. we can't just sit here and. [ beep ] we can't just sit here and complain. we can't just sit here and blame others. we can't just sit here and point fen finger at each other. we have to solve problems that we're facing. this country is facing real threats in the world. we can't do this alone. we've got to do this with a full partnership of the congress in both houses of the congress. >> that's the way to go out with a beep on your last press conference. >>> republican members of congress from paul ryan to roy blunt predicted the sequester will not ab voided. >>> now an update on that crip
cain is also coming down hard against chuck hagel for pick of secretary of defense. hagel's opposition to the u.s. troop surge in iraq raises some serious questions about his judgment on foreign policy. >> you saw the hearing. you know his record. are you going to support him for defense secretary? >> i will see the answers to his questions but i have grave concerns. >> grave concerns? >> yes. >> would it be fair to say you're leaning against voting for him? >> i think that would be fair. >> both criticisms follow a blistering attack on saturday by former vice president dick cheney. the performance now of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for a second term is dismal. frankly, what he has appointed are second rate people. >>> there's a new u.s. commander in afghanistan in what could be the final reshuffling of american leadership before coalition troops are withdrawn on schedule by the end of next year. general joseph dumford took over on saturday. a four star marine officer replaces general john allen. he's been nominated to lead nato forces in europe. general dunford will p
at georgetown university that the u.s. is at risk of a cyber pearl harbor. >> we are literally the target of thousands of cyber attacks every day. every day. thousands of cyber attacks that are striking at the private sector, striking silicon valley and other institutions within our society, striking government. strike at the defense department and our intelligence agencies. and cyber is now at a point where the technology is there to cripple a country. to take down our power grid system. to take down our government system. take down our financial system. and literally paralyze the country. >> scary stuff. panetta's message was timely, actually. just this week the federal reserve admits that one of its internal web sites was briefly hacked allowing access to bank information. secretary panetta saved the strongest criticism for lawmakers in congress who have done little to avoid the across the board spepdinding cuts that will slash the pentagon budget. >> this is not a game. this is reality. these steps would seriously damage a fragile american economy and they would degrade our ability to
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believes that the u.s. should provide more aid fir the rebel and if we're not engaged, then i think we increase the chances the outcome there is going to be very negative. certainly assad remaining in power is not good. in the aftermath of that the worst case scenario would be a security vacuum or a government dominated by radical islamists. they need ammunition. >> russia has joined the arab league to broker a peace talks. >>> here's a major reversal from last summer the governor of florida, republican rick scott said that he now supports expanding medicaid in his state despite opposition from tea party supporters many of whom who worked to get scott elected. expanded medicaid could cover more than 1 million low-income people in florida. at least seven republican governors have signed on to the med medicaid expansion. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. is facing jail time after pleading guilty after misusing thousands of dollars from campaign funds with his famous father in the courtroom, a tearful jackson apologized to his family and to the people in chicago. >> reporter: for j
city. winter storms absolutely barrelled from the west coast into the heartland of the u.s. dumping a huge amount of snow in kansas. wichita, 14 inches. that's the most they've seen in more than 50 years. inches piling up in omaha and st. louis. 1,000 plows are working in kansas alone, but it's doing little to keep drivers from being stranded. actually, you saw a plow itself getting toppled over. even the plows are having trouble staying on top of things. hundreds of flights have been scrubbed. bill karins will have more for us a little later in weather. right now, we want to turn to politics. we're now just one week from the automatic cuts that will slash $85 billion from government spending. the congressional budget office estimates the sequester will cost 750,000 jobs and lower economic growth by 0.6%. don't forget we were negative in gdp in the last quarter. it could mean longer lines at the airport, less funding for teachers, and cuts at the pentagon that officials say could hurt national security. still, the white house and republicans remained lock in a stalemate over how to
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